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“Historic Potsdam Postcards” exhibit to open at Potsdam Public Museum


A new exhibition of historic Potsdam postcards will open at the Potsdam Public Museum on Saturday.

This collection was donated to the museum in March 2014 by Marcia Wing of Norwood and depicts a wide variety of views. Perhaps the most unusual and rare cards are Potsdam advertising cards.

One depicts a house on Elm Street, which was “heated by an Imperial Steam Boiler, installed by Irish and Jebo, 29-31 Water Street”. Another portrays the candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York State in 1908 of the Independent Party, Dr. Daniel W. Finnimore, who was a resident of Potsdam. There are also a number of interesting aerial photographic postcard views of Potsdam, taken by the outstanding photographer Dwight Church of Canton in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Other postcards include a variety of street scenes, buildings such as the old Central Fire Station, a postcard view of the “Great (Ice) Storm of March 27, 1913”, views of “Clarkson Memorial School of Technology” the “State Normal School”, “Crane Normal Institute of Music” and and many more.

This exhibit will be on display at the Museum, located at the Civic Canter, 2 Park St., through the end of September. The Potsdam Public Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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